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AP: Ill. Government Official Resigns

August 30, 2005

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ A state Transportation Department executive at the center of an investigation into a contract given to his brother-in-law’s firm has resigned from the agency, officials said Monday.

Robert Millette e-mailed his resignation to Transportation Secretary Timothy Martin on Saturday, spokesman Matt Vanover said. It is effective Wednesday.

Millette, who was paid $95,000 a year as finance and administration director, has been on paid leave since July 1. He was put on leave the day Martin asked for an investigation following a series of articles by The Associated Press about a firm owned by a Millette relative that got $522,000 in work for pressure-washing state buildings and structures.

``I believe that he wanted to move on for what was best for his family and for the department,″ said Vanover, who would not release the resignation e-mail because it is considered part of a private personnel file.

Millette, 33, did not return a message left on his cell phone Monday.

The AP reported in June that Cicero-based PWS Environmental is owned by William Mologousis, the husband of Millette’s sister. It performed high-power cleaning work, mostly for IDOT, on buildings, bridges, trucks and even salt-storage domes, work that experts said was unnecessary or could be performed by state employees.

Martin suspended Millette the day he turned the matter over to Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s inspector general. The inspector general’s office would not comment Monday.

The FBI also questioned IDOT employees about the contract in early July.

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